3-point stance: Rebirth of a rivalry?

July, 31, 2012
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1. It wouldn’t be the first time I’m wrong, but I don’t think there are going to be a lot of transfers from Penn State. Backup corner Tim Buckley is going home to North Carolina State. Marquee tailback Silas Redd is being wooed by USC, a top-five team with a gaping hole at his position. Backup quarterback Rob Bolden is talking to LSU about going there to be ... a backup quarterback. Coach Bill O’Brien will lose a few battles, but it appears as if he isn’t losing the war.

2. With the news that Texas and TCU moved their game from Thanksgiving Saturday to Thanksgiving Day, we may have seen the rebirth of a rivalry. Texas refused to continue to play Texas A&M, it’s Thanksgiving Night rival, when the Aggies bolted for the SEC. TCU, a new member of the Big 12, and Texas once enjoyed a fierce rivalry. In 1959 and again in 1961, the Horned Frogs knocked off the highly ranked Longhorns and eliminated them from the national title race. Let’s hope both sides have a long memory.

3. Michael Dyer left Auburn under a cloud and resurfaced at Arkansas State, where former Tigers offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn is the new head coach. Dyer already has been booted for violating team rules, which means he’ll fall farther down the college football ladder. But that doesn’t mean the NFL won’t find him. The NFL will give anyone with Dyer’s talent a look and maybe even a third chance.

Ivan Maisel | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com

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